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Doomsday Machine
Doomsday Machine
is the sixth studio album by Swedish melodic deathcore band Arch Enemy, released on July 26, 2005 through Century Media Records. The album had some commercial success reaching number 87 on the Billboard 200 selling 12,000 copies. Christopher Amott left the band shortly after recording the album in July 2005 but rejoined 2 years later for the songwriting sessions for Rise of the Tyrant.




BackgroundEdit

ReceptionEdit

Doomsday Machine received mixed reviews by critics. Adrien Begrand of PopMatters praised the songs highlighting "Enter the Machine", "Nemesis" and "My Apocalypse". He said that Michael and Christopher Amott "truly shine on the album" and that Arch Enemy "marry the brutal with the melodic" with "impressive skill". Tom Day of musicOMH, that also praised "Enter the Machine" calling it of "a prime example of metal at its very, very best... This instrumental is simply breathtaking", said that Arch Enemy "set themselves apart from so many mediocre death metal acts by never letting their songs stagnate." Pal Meentzen of Maelstrom said that Doomsday Machine "gives a worthy example of the best in current day (Swedish) melo-death. It is a slightly better album than Wages of Sin and much better than Anthems of Rebellion" and called "My Apocalypse" of "perfect example of a band that has found the right consistency in its line-up." However, he criticized the fade out of "Slaves of Yesterday". Evil Rocker of Metal Rules noted that "perhaps the most impressive aspect of this album is the heavy use of dual guitars and solo's, not something usually in the forefront of this genre." Jackie Smit of Chronicles of Chaos felt that the album presents significant improvements over the previous album Anthems of Rebellion and commented that it "as a whole is likely to disappoint only the most selective listener." Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic said that Doomsday Machine is "fundamentally, yet another immaculately produced Arch Enemy album, forged first and foremost by the vision of Michael Amott's guitar." Ciaran Meeks of Metal Eater commented that the band "have harked back to their roots on this album, reworking and revitalizing the musical philosophy of albums such as Stigmata and Burning Bridges into a new-millennial context that will doubtless bludgeon both old and new listeners alike into drop-jawed submission."

Tajs Kolman of RevelationZ Magazine noted that the songs are mixed a lot and that the album "started out great with some killer songs and an amazing sound but they obviously put the hits in the beginning. If the rest of the songs could have kept up the standard of the first ones, they would probably have had a serious hit in their hands." Nevertheless, he commented that apart from these few problems, it "stands out with its most impressive production, the amazing guitar solos and generally solid musicianship." Raymond Westland of Archaic Magazine praised the band and the production and called Doomsday Machine of "a winning record." Tony Belcher of Tartarean Desire liked of the band, but unlike Westland, Belcher criticized the Gossow vocals and the lyrics. He praised Andy Sneap stating that his "touch is masterful" and mentiones that the album is better than Anthems of Rebellion and similar to Wages of Sin. Michael Dalakos of Metal Temple felt that the album "catches the band at its best." He praised the guitar solos stating that "simply must be the best Amott has ever delivered with this band in their entire career." However, Dalakos mentiones that in the record it is really hard to figure out the Gossow actual voice since it is covered with layers of effects and that "she's just another growler using technology". On the other hand, Lords of Metal's Ralph, stated that the "vocal achievement of Angela Gossow make this album the ultimate combination of aggression and melody."

Jason Jordan of Metal Review wrote a negative review where he states that the band "haven't crafted anything purchase-worthy since Johan Liiva was fronting the crew." Jordan also comments that "while Doomsday Machine isn't utterly devoid of arresting ingredients, you probably won't glean as much satisfaction from this as you will from Black Earth or Burning Bridges." MetalGeorge of Metal Rules also criticized the album saying that it "severs all ties between the band and [its] old fan base by catering even more to the plague that is the New Wave of American Heavy Metal" and that "where as albums such as Burning Bridges and Wages of Sin lead the heavy metal charge, Doomsday Machine seems content to merely follow in the trodden footsteps of today's trends and common sounds." Greg Pratt of Exclaim! wrote that the album is "basically more of the same but they've managed to revitalise their sound a bit, adding in some toe-tapping maturity, along with the usual balls-out shredding." Cosmo Lee of Stylus Magazine concluded that "minus that instrumental, and with more focused songwriting, this album could have been killer. Instead, it is a collection of riffs strung together, with some hot guitar playing." Keith Bergman of Blabbermouth.net said that "overall, the album leaves a pretty good impression, though it seems to be lacking a certain spark that made earlier efforts essential listening." Not unlike him, Justin Donnelly of Blistering felt that the album "lies somewhere in between both damnation and acclaim, without being one of the other." He commented that the record is not terrible, but "an inconsistent and unfocussed effort" and that Doomsday Machine "overall is stronger than Anthems of Rebellion, but it is hardly a huge leap forward in terms of consistency."

Doomsday Machine received one nomination at the 2005 Metal Storm Awards in the categorie of The Best Melodeath/Gothenburg Album. It was ranked in the second position behind Character by Dark Tranquillity.

Track ListingEdit

Standard EditionEdit

  1. "Enter the Machine"
  2. "Taking Back My Soul"
  3. "Nemesis"
  4. "My Apocalypse"
  5. "Carry the Cross"
  6. "I Am Legend/Out for Blood"
  7. "Skeleton Dance"
  8. "Hybrids of Steel"
  9. "Mechanic God Creation"
  10. "Machtampf"
  11. "Slaves of Yesterday"

Japanese and Korean Bonus TracksEdit

  • "Heart of Darkness" (Live in Paris)
  • "Bridge of Destiny" (Live in Paris)

German Limited Edition DVDEdit

  • "Nemesis" (Music Video)
  • "Intro" (Live at the Forum in London, UK)
  • "Dead Eyes See No Future" (Live at the Forum in London, UK)
  • "Ravenous" (Live at the Forum in London, UK)

PersonnelEdit

Arch EnemyEdit

Additional MusiciansEdit

ProductionEdit

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Music VideosEdit

Arch Enemy - Nemesis (Official Music Video)04:29

Arch Enemy - Nemesis (Official Music Video)

Arch Enemy - Nemesis







Arch Enemy - My Apocalypse (Official Music Video)04:20

Arch Enemy - My Apocalypse (Official Music Video)

Arch Enemy - My Apocalypse












TriviaEdit

  • The end of the lyrics to "Skeleton Dance" recite the death poem of Ōta Dōkan. The beginning of "Skeleton Dance" contains backmasked messages containing the phrases "The world on his shoulders" and "Bleeding forever" among others.
  • The song "Nemesis" is featured as a half-length song made playable in Drummania V4 & GuitarFreaks V4. The full song is playable in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and as Rock Band Network DLC for Rock Band 3.
  • The song "Machtkampf" literally means "struggle for power" in German.
  • The song "I Am Legend/Out for Blood" is based on the science fiction/horror novel I Am Legend by Richard Matheson.

ReferencesEdit

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